Despite splitting with Eidos and losing the rights to the Championship Manager Series, Sports Interactive Games are going to continue to make football management games. They bought up the classic Football Manager brand and have signed a deal with Sega. The first game to be produced in this partnership will be Football Manager 2005 which will be due out in the autumn once the new season is underway.
It'll be interesting to see what Eidos can do with Champ Man without the bods from Sports Interactive running the show. Champ Man is a huge brand but if the first game developed in house by Eidos is not up to scratch then expect Football Manager to return to its throne as the daddy of football management games.
I bet Kevin Toms is chuffed!